Want to sell a similar watch? Create a listing now

Rolex Collectible Gay Frères Bamboo Military Ssteel Bracelet 15mm Bubbleback

Pre-owned () | Year of production 1930 | No original box | No original papers
Free insured shipping to
Wire transfer
Buyer Protection

Thanks to our Buyer Protection, your purchase is fully covered. If something goes wrong, we're there to help. .

Shipping and Seller Information

Item ships in 30 days
Latest anticipated delivery on 03/06
Professional dealer
4.7 ( )

More About This Listing

Basic Info

Listing code D0XVM1
Brand Rolex
Reference number Collectible Gay Frères Bamboo Military SSteel Bracelet 15mm BubbleBack,OMEGA,IWC,Jaeger watches
Type Bracelet/strap
Year of production 1930 (Approximation)
Location France, PARIS
Price €800 (= £702) [Negotiable]
Availability Item needs to be procured


Rare Rolex Antique & Collectable 1940's GAY FRERES "Bamboo /Bonklip" type ssteel bracelet for sale !

The clasp, which is working well, is stamped “GF W 4-68 STEELINOX SWISS MADE ”; and has the letters “G” and “F” stamped either side of the company’s trade mark.

Like a “Bonklip”, the strap can be adjusted to any length, from very small up to a maximum of 9½ inches (24 cms) plus the width of the watch.

The reason that the bracelet is so much greater in diameter than even the biggest male wrist is so that, like a “Bonklip”, the watch can be around a jacket sleeve if necessary e.g. in a military setting.
These bracelets, often called “bamboo” bracelets, are similar to the Bonklip watch bracelet that was fitted to many good quality military watches in the middle years of the last century.
The great thing about these particular Gay Frères straps however, is that they were fitted as standard to many Rolex models in the 1920s and 1930s, 40s, including the Rolex Oyster, the Rolex Perpetual and the Rolex Imperial.
They are now quite uncommon to find.
Endlinks measures 15,43mm

Later, in 1940, Gay Frères developed the "rice bead" watch bracelet design specifically for Rolex, when Rolex wanted a distinctively new look for its watches.
In 2001, Rolex bought the Gay Frères company and now makes its own bracelets.
Gay frères is now Rolex.

c o n d i t i o n :
This example is in nice shape, straight, clean condition.
It is probably as good an original example as you will find.
It has 15mm endlinks and links themselves are flexible & soft to wear for daily use.
Brushed & polished elegant finish.
Very soft & light for this summer
The bracelet ends can be prised open to allow.
25cm total length.
Stamped on the centers links : GF W 4-68 STEELINOX SWISS MADE
This vintage GF strap to be fitted to a watch with fixed lugs if necessary.

If you like vintage looks with very good condition collectibles luxurywatches bracelet for luxury watches, this one is made for you.

Condition is good with normal marks of wear very light.


#GF bamboo

Security on Chrono24 for This Listing

Learn more about security on Chrono24

Easy returns

Dissatisfied with your purchase? No worries! Chrono24's secure Escrow Service makes returning your order a breeze. If the watch arrives and is suspicious, defective, or not as the seller described, you have 14 days to initiate a return.

How returns work:

  1. 1.  Inform Chrono24's support team

  2. 2.  Ship the watch back to the dealer insured for its full value

  3. 3.  Receive a refund for the purchase price

You may also be interested in these watches

Over 800,000 satisfied watch buyers worldwide

Chrono24 dealers receive great ratings: 4.8 out of 5

Chrono24's Commitment to Authenticity


Professional dealer | On Chrono24 since 2013
English, German
912 watches sold
3,253 active listings
English, German


Assessments are based on seller performance over the last 90 days.
Trusted Seller

Fulfills all regulatory and internal criteria

Fast Shipper

Usually ships in-stock items within 24 hours


Ships 100% of their items on time or earlier

Response Time

Replies within 6 hours


50 items sold

Reviews (620)
4.8 Shipping
4.8 Item description
4.7 Communication
607 buyers recommend this seller
5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star
We only publish verified reviews about successful purchases, returns, and communication between the buyer and seller.

Do you have any questions?

Here's how to purchase a specific item:
  1. On the listing page, click the green "Buy" button.
  2. Enter your shipping address, and click "Submit order."
  3. We will send you the payment information as soon as the seller has processed your order.
  4. The seller will ship your order after you have transferred payment.
Here's how to negotiate a price with a seller:
  1. Click on the "Suggest a price" button on the listing page.
  2. Enter your price suggestion and shipping address so the seller can calculate shipping costs.
  3. The seller will make you an individualized offer, including shipping costs.
  4. Accept the offer to order the item.
  5. We will then send you the payment information so you can pay for your order.
  6. As soon as your payment arrives, the seller will ship your item.

More questions and answers